Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah can target double glory when his team take on London outfit Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday in what’s the final game of this Premier League campaign for the two teams.
Crystal Palace don’t have much to play for ahead of the game but they could assume the role of spoilers for the Reds. It must also be pointed out that it would be an emotional occasion for their manager Roy Hodgson who could be managing the last game of his career. The club has already confirmed that the veteran English manager will leave this summer and his last game is against one of his former clubs Liverpool.
For Salah and Liverpool, the need for a win at the end of the Palace match is huge in their quest for Champions League football. Liverpool have to beat Palace at home to avoid the situation of having to depend on other teams for results. The Reds have won the last four games in the league and a fifth successive win at the expense ofthe Eagles will deliver Champions League football that looked uncertain many weeks ago.
On his part, Salah has the opportunity to fend off rival Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the Golden Boot with the two players on 22 goals. Ahead of the final game of the season, Salah has two goals in his last four league games, while Kane has just one goal in the last four games in the league to suggest that the Egyptian is in a better form than the Englishman. The two players didn’t score in the last set of games in the Premier League.
Kane was not on the scoresheet as Spurs lost 2-1 at home to Aston Villa despite taking an early lead in the game, while Salah also failed to score in the 3-0 away win for Liverpool over Burnley. The win over the Clarets took the Reds into the much-needed top four for the first time in three months.